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WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced the officials who will work the light heavyweight title bout between champion Nathan Cleverly against challenger Tony Bellew on this Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The referee will be Richie Davies (UK). Judges are Dave Parris (UK), Terry O’Connor (UK) and Phil Edwards (UK). WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light heavyweight contender Kevin Hargreaves (22-6-5, 8 KOs) passed away at the age of 55 years after a long illness in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Kevin made his professional debut in 1972 as a welterweight outpointing Mike Stocky over three rounds at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Kevin lost to Australian super middleweight champion Graham Murray but later outscored and then stopped future Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi in 1986. “Kevin was nature’s gentleman,” said former WBO welterweight challenger Jeff Malcolm. “He loved boxing and was respected by everyone.” Kevin will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super lightweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he hopes to defend his title on December 10 in Tijuana. Morales will meet with Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday in Los Angeles to decide his next opponent (Anthony Crolla has been mentioned). “It was a great year for me,” said Morales. “With Maidana I won the respect and admiration of the people and with Pablo Cesar Cano I won the WBC championship and became the first Mexican to win a world title in four different divisions. In 2012, I will try to win my fifth title against the winner between Jorge Linares and Tony DeMarco for the WBC lightweight title.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) defends his belt against compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on Saturday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Ted Gimzan (US). The bout is a rematch of their war back in May in which both fighters were down twice and Ruiz took a unanimous decision.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Robert Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Argentinian WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (33-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA/IBF super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-4, 23 KOs) of Panama on Friday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three judges are Stanley Christodoulus (South Africa), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Tom Miller (U.S.). The fight Supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua). Caballero-Barros II was ordered by the WBA after Barros won a controversial split decision despite being knocked down twice in their first match in July.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former interim WBC and WBA minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) of Nicaragua returns in the light flyweight division on Saturday against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-12-1, 2 KOs) this Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua on a boxing card organized by the company Prodesa. On August 13 in Acapulco, Mexico, Palacios won by ninth round TKO against Mexican challenger Armando Torres in what would have been his first title defense, however was unable to make the 105lb limit on the scales and the title was vacated. (more…)
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic, put their perfect records on the line on November 12 in a twelve-rounder at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England. It will mark Fury’s first pro fight in his birthplace of Manchester. Pajkic, the Canadian titleholder, will be challenging for Fury’s Commonwealth title. Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who called out the Pajkic from ringside at a fight last year, has been the subject of some derogatory remarks made by Pajkic (16-0, 5 KOs) on numerous occasions.
By Ron Jackson
South African flyweight contender Anele Makhwelo has died after a title fight against Doctor Ntsele at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre near Bloemfontein on Friday night. Makhwelo, a former winner in the Baby Champs series, was taken to hospital after complaining of a pain in one of his legs at the interval between rounds nine and ten. The fighter is believed to have died on Tuesday night as a result of a clot in an artery in the brain. The fight was stopped after the ninth round when a ringside doctor examined the challenger and ordered him to be rushed to hospital. Brain surgery was performed and Makhwelo remained in a coma during the weekend. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Former WBO super-fly king Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines will make his much-awaited return this Saturday night as he collides with Mexican Carlos Jacobo at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. Sonsona, who last fought 20 months ago when he was stopped by Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, is raring to prove his detractors wrong by pulling off a rousing victory. Promoter Sammy Gello-ani said Cajobo, who comes in with a 16-3-1 win-loss-draw card with 14 knockouts, has what it takes to spoil Sonsona’s return. “I am not importing an ordinary foreign foe for Sonsona,” said Gello-ani, who is holding the card in coordination with AKTV, which will telecast the fights live on Philippine television starting at 9pm. Sonsona has a 14-1-1 slate with 12 knockouts and is promised bigger things by Gello-ani if he survives Jacobo. Jacobo arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday and has vowed to return home with Sonsona’s head.
Photos: HG Boxing
In the presence of dozens of local and national media outlets in the state capital of Colima, HG Boxing announced their mega promotion set for Saturday, October 29th, at the city Palenque. The fight card which will take place during the city’s 74th Annual All Saints Fair will feature three world title fights and will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa.
“It is an honor to be in this city for such an important celebration as this fair,” Hector Garcia, Executive Director of HG Boxing, stated. “We are going to offer a great promotion with three title fights.”
In the main event, Giovanni “Russian” Caro (22-9-4, 17KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will challenge South African Takalani “Panther” Ndlovu (32-6, 18KOs) for the IBF super bantamweight title over twelve championship rounds. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“I want the best Chad Dawson on Saturday night,” said WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, the oldest man to win a world boxing title. “He has to come out in character and not be the Dawson that he has been for many of his fights. The name doesn’t match the last three or four outcomes. When you have the name ‘Bad’ and you’re not Michael Jackson, you have to be able to own that. They call me ‘The Executioner’ for a reason.” For more details and photos click here…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Toronto this December with an epic light heavyweight title fight pitting champion and rising superstar Jon “Bones” Jones against dynamic striker and former titleholder Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. A mere eight months after holding its largest event ever in Toronto, UFC® 140: JONES vs. MACHIDA hits the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, Dec. 10. (more…)
“This is our biggest female fight promotion since Holly fought Mary Jo Sanders,” promoter Lenny Fresquez said at today’s presser at Route 66, about the Dec. 2 showdown between Holly Holm and Anne Sophie Mathis. “Boxing has been slow this year so we wanted to give our fans a great show before the year ended. We are happy to present this event. It’s an eight-fight ‘pick-’em’ boxing card of hand-picked, carefully matched bouts featuring New Mexico talent … Click here for more
Fightnews.com would like to express its deepest condolences for Jorge Marron in the passing of his father, Ediberto Marron. Based out of San Diego, CA, Jorge Marron is best known as Don Chargin Promotions’ chief matchmaker but has worked with every major promotional company on southern California fight cards and throughout the United States. Most recently, along with Bobby D. Presents, Marron has revived the San Diego boxing scene by presenting fight cards on a regular basis. After battling cancer like a true champion, Ediberto Marron succumbed to the tragic disease earlier today. He was 79 years old. Services will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, California Memorial, 2200 Highland Ave., National City, CA, 91950, 4:00pm.
Last we saw, lightweight Francisco Contreras was being taken from a Las Vegas ring on a stretcher Friday night after being KO’d by unbeaten Sharif Bogere in a bout nationally televised by SHOWTIME. We have now received an update on his condition. “Francisco is fine,” said manager Cameron Dunkin via email. “All of his tests were negative and he was released from the hospital the same night he was admitted. He is back home in the Dominican Republic.”
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A hand injury suffered during training camp has forced world-rated super bantamweight Chris Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs) to withdraw from his scheduled fight Saturday night in Panama. The 21-year-old Avalos, who is the WBO Inter-Continental champion, was slated to face Nehomar Cermeno at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Avalos is rated among the top 12 contenders in all four major governing organizations (WBO #4, WBA #7, IBF #10 and WBC #12).
Former 5-time Texas Golden Gloves Champion Jose Orozco will be one of seven top prospects from the Dallas/Fort Worth area that are set to fight on the 4th Annual “FIGHT NIGHT AT QUIKTRIP PARK,” on October 14th in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 25-year-old Orozco, now 3-0 as a professional, will take on Austin’s Cedic Sheppard (pro debut) in a scheduled four-round welterweight contest.
Friday night’s event was originally scheduled for this past September 16th, but was rained out and postponed till this Friday night, October 14th. Fans holding tickets from the September 16th date can use the same tickets this Friday night. (more…)
Opponents have been named for unbeaten lightweight Mike “El Artista” Perez and Jason “La Maravilla” Velez for this Friday on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo telecast from the Coliseum Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) faces dangerous power puncher Tyrone Harris (24-8, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout, while world ranked and unbeaten junior featherweight Jason “La Maravilla” Velez (16-0, 12 KOs) will meet Jonathan Arias (16-5, 9 KOs) in the eight round TV opener.
An IBF purse bid was scheduled today for a jr middleweight eliminator between #3 DeAndre Latimore and #6 Sechew Powell, however no promoters bid on the fight. As a result, the purse bid was rescheduled for October 25. In the event there are again no bidders or the Latimore and Powell camps have not reached an agreement, the IBF will move on to the next two available contenders in the search for the mandatory challenger for IBF 154lb champion Cornelius Bundrage.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials for the interim junior bantamweight title bout between Daniel Rosas against Jose Cabrera on Saturday at the Estadio Centenario at Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The referee will be Jose H. Rivera from Puerto Rico. The judges are Victor Salomon from Mexico, and from the United States, Levi Martinez and Joe Garcia. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Rafael Lopez Santos. The WBO 115lb champion is Omar Narvaez, who will challenge WBO 118lb Nonito Donaire next October 22 in New York.
History will be made this Thursday and fight fans around the world will be able to view the excitement of Fight Club OC, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that his Thursday, October 13th show will be broadcast LIVE on the internet and the broadcast will be FREE. Since moving his Battle In The Ballroom shows out of the Irvine Marriott at the end of 2010 after 25 years there, and moving to The Hangar and re-branding the shows as Fight Club OC, the buzz around the bi monthly shows has been enormous. The 1,400 seat Hangar features a 40′ video screen unheard of for club shows, as well as All Inclusive Luxury Suites, a Cigar Lounge, and a show production that takes fight show entertainment to another level. (more…)
Former world champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) has sustained a hand injury in training, forcing him to postpone his hotly-anticipated November 5 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) to early 2012. The venue will remain Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium, and all tickets purchased will remain valid. The new date for the show, which will be co-promoted by Team Sauerland and SES boxing, will be confirmed as soon as possible. “This is a major disappointment for me,” Kessler said. “We’ve had a great preparation and I was in fantastic shape when I injured my right hand during a routine training session. The doctors advised me that it needs a rest and I can’t fight on November 5. I am very sorry to keep my fans waiting. The good news is that the injury should heal quickly after a little break. I will rest my hand and then get back to training to be fit for Stieglitz early next year.” (more…)
Don King Productions announced an agreement today with WealthTV for a live telecast of a Nov. 5 world championship fight card featuring World Boxing Association titleholder Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) taking on WBA No. 14-ranked cruiserweight Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) from Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Promoter Don King said this is the first of what he hopes will be a number of telecasts on WealthTV.
“As the number of networks and telecast platforms across the technological spectrum has increased, I have been looking for new and inventive ways to bring my events to the masses,” King said. “WealthTV is the latest in a long line of outlets that have come to me seeking to expand audience and market share through world championship prizefights. (more…)
Highly-rated super middleweight contender, Edwin Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) has re-united with trainer Ronnie Shields, at Shields’ camp in Houston, TX, as the two are putting the finishing touches on an intense training camp in preparation for Rodriguez’ upcoming bout against fellow undefeated prospect, Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs). Rodriguez will square off against Rosinsky on the DiBella Entertainment nationally-televised ShoBox: The New Generation card from the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods, on Friday, October 21st (Live on SHOWTIME, 11PM ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The bout against Rosinsky, the most important and toughest to date of the young Rodriguez career, will be his second with the top trainer Shields. Rodriguez-Rosinsky is scheduled for 10 rounds in the super middleweight division. (more…)
Former world title challenger and IBF #8 jr welterweight rated Víctor “Mermelada” Cayo (29-2, 18 KOs) faces Nelson Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder on November 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The fight will headline a card that will be streamed live on www.Youtube.com/live. The co-main event will feature a six-round featherweight match-up between undefeated Jenifel Vicente (21-0-2, 14 KOs) and Lucian Gonzalez (9-6-1, 1 KO). Also on the card will be WBC Youth Intercontinental featherweight beltholder Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (16-0, 12 KOs) against Leopoldo “El Tiburon” Arrocha (10-16-2, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder, and lightweight Jorge “Catano” Maysonet Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs), son of former world title challenger Jorge Luis Maysonet, in a four-rounder vs TBA.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources say that the WBC featherweight champion in recess Elio Rojas of the Dominican Republic has declared himself ready to exercise his right to immediately fight current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez for his former title. Rojas right-hand problem is said to be corrected and came out of a recent tune-up bout with no problems. He is ready to leave the country in the next few days for a strong training camp in New York City because his manager Tony Tineo is already working on the Gonzalez fight, which would be held in Mexico or Las Vegas.
Former WBA heavyweight boxing champion David Haye has notified the BBBC that he will not renew his boxing license. BBBC secretary Robert Smith told BBC Radio 5 live that Haye informed him by email that “he is no longer wishing to renew his license.” Haye has steadfastly maintained that he wouldn’t fight past age 30 and his 31st birthday is Thursday, however he has not yet officially announced his retirement. Haye has been named as a possible opponent for Vitali Klitschko.
By Robert Coster
His fans in Montreal have no doubts about him: they believe rising boxer Dierry Jean has all it takes to be the next Haitian-Canadian to win a world title, following the footsteps of Joachim Alcine and Jean Pascal. The 29-year-old junior welterweight, unbeaten in 19 fights (with 13 KOs), is not one to disagree with that assessment. Getting ready to face tough, seasoned Francisco Lorenzo on October 20th in Montreal, Jean likes to mention that “In French, there is a saying: never two without three.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Sakio Bika and says he is interested in fights with Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins. Sakio rates Joe Calzaghe as the best he has boxed and predicts that Andre Ward will defeat Carl Froch in SHOWTIME’s “Super Six” super middleweight tournament. Bika also says that IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will defeat Sergio Martinez when they clash and thanks his fans for their support. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions
Ricky Hatton will make a dramatic ring return next month – but instead of throwing leather he’ll be barking the orders. ‘The Hitman’ took out a trainers licence last month and the first fighter to team up with him is Blackpool welterweight hopeful Adam Little. Hatton will be in Little’s corner for the first time when his protégé boxes at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday November 12 against a selected opponent.
Former two-weight world champion Hatton said: “This is the biggest buzz I have had since my fighting days. When I was going through my depression I would nip off to the pub, but I don’t want to now. I am looking forward to work every day and every evening I am sat up thinking what new things we can do in training.” (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Former world champion Chad Dawson poses with his assistant trainer and former world champion Winky Wright Monday during a media workout in preparation for Dawson’s world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“We have a great game plan. I don’t see Bernard getting past it,” said Dawson. “I am excited for Saturday night. I have been waiting for this. I am ready to show the world I am still ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson. I don’t think this [Hopkins] is more of a challenge than Pascal. Pascal fell into Bernard Hopkins’ game plan. He fell right into it. Everyone knows Pascal is a four-round fighter. I was looking for a knockout victory against Pascal. He didn’t really beat me. I beat myself.” Click here for more comments…
By Joe Koizumi
WBC #8/WBA #8 Japanese super-bantam champ Masaaki Serie (20-4, 9 KOs), 121.5, kept his national belt as he badly dropped game challenger Hayato Hashimoto (12-2-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, twice in the second, battered him from all angles and finally halted him at 0:17 of the sixth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Serie, making his fifth defense, displayed his tricky style to confuse Hashimoto, who made a good start by pinning the champ with a barrage of punches to the ropes in the opening session. The champ, in round two, nailed him to the ropes and exploded a wicked right, decking him to the canvas. Serie’s follow-up combo again floored him for another mandatory eight count. Since then, it became such a lopsided slaughter that the referee Uratani mercifully called a halt to save the loser from further punishment.
In only his third professional bout, unbeaten super-fly prospect Yohei Tobe (3-0, 2 KOs), 115.75, impressively defeated formerly two-time world challenger and ex-OPBF ruler Kohei Kono (25-7, 9 KOs), 115.75, by a unanimous decision (78-75, 77-75 and 77-76) over eight. The taller ex-amateur youngster, six years his junior at 24, utilized his faster footwork to avert Kono’s infighting tactics to score with solid uppercuts to the onrushing opponent. Tobe had dispatched Korean champ Jinki Jun in the first round of his pro debut last February, and finished ex-WBC two-time champ Wandee Singwancha in two quick rounds this June. Tobe is worth watching.
Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.
By Phil Doherty
There are two schools of thought regarding which Caribbean island nation produces the best boxers in the world. One group enthusiastically claims the answer lies obviously a mere ninety miles from Florida’s shores in Cuba. The other proudly responds that honor belongs to the US territory of Puerto Rico. However one looks at it, Dream Team Boxing Promotion’s high-profile signings this past weekend in Puerto Rico demonstrate a significant power shift for the upstart team. The Miami-based promotional powerhouse headed by Cuban-American promoters Carlos Rodriguez and Henry Rivalta started their dream with a core group of talented young Cuban prospects including heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz, Richard “El Tigre” Abril and Yoandris “El Niño” Salinas. Dream Team spread the wealth with subsequent acquisitions including Dominican-born world-ranked welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes and Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago of Nicaragua. For more details and photos click here…
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